V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

O Acto da Primavera

V' 15

O Acto da Primavera

Rite Of Spring

Manoel De Oliveira
P, 1962
90min, OmeU

Bild: Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

O Acto da Primavera

Manoel De Oliveira
P, 1962
, 90min, OmeU

Actors: 
Nicolau Nunes Da Silva
Christus
Maria Madalena
Maria Magdalena
Francisco Luís
Pilatus
Ermelinda Pires
Amélia Chaves
Luis De Sousa
Screenplay: 
Manoel de Oliveira based on the play «Auto da Paixão» by Francisco Vaz de Guimarães
Sound: 
Manoel De Oliveira
Camera: 
Manoel De Oliveira
Editor: 
Manoel De Oliveira
Decoration: 
Jayme Valverde
Costume: 
Jayme Valverde

Production: 
Filmes Lusomundo
Format: 
35 mm
Color

O ACTO DA PRIMAVERA looks sideways toward Jean Rouch and ahead to Abbas Kiarostami in its use of a northern village’s denizens, whom Oliveira has re-enact their annual day-long Passion Play for the cameras. Neither a documentary nor fiction, the movie is equal parts religious action, masquerade, Kenneth Anger-ish rite, home movie, dissection of moviemaking itself, and, of course, bio-pic of Christ, performed with sacred, clumsy fervor by hundreds of raw worshippers. It’s one of the best films about Christ, because it’s about devotion – its beauties and idiocies – on every level, and it reflects on the dramatic impulse behind religious feeling to boot. (Michael Atkinson)

Supporting film: A CAÇA 1963, Manoel de Oliveira, 21 Min

From the collection of the Cinemateca Portuguese and with support from the Österreichischen Filmmuseums

further screening: Nov. 13, 20:30 Filmmuseum
 

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